Current Affairs of December 2013 for all types of Competitive Exams Read top news headlines and latest major events happened in India and World in the month of December 2013. The information given will help you to prepare for exams like: IAS, PCS, UPSC, Railways, SSC, Banking and all other competitive exams.
Current Affairs of 01 December 2013:
- Karan Thakur Young and unheralded Railways pacer Karan Thakur on Saturday created history by becoming the first bowler in CK Nayudu Trophy (BCCI U-25 Meet) to take all 10 wickets in an innings against Baroda at the Reliance Stadium in Vadodara.
- East Timor film ‘Beatriz’s War’ bagged Golden Peacock award for Best Film at the 44th International Film Festival of India at Panaji, Goa on 30 November 2013.
- Justice Debabrata Das and Justice Satrughna Pujahari were sworn in as permanent judge and additional judge of High Court respectively here on Friday.
- A Mozambique Airlines plane carrying 33 people crashed in a remote border area in Namibia, killing all on board.
Current Affairs of 02 December 2013:
- The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE ) has decided to give 30 minutes extra to students of Class IX and XI in the March 2014 final exams, specifically for the open book exam.
- Meco Racing’s Vishnu Prasad was crowned the first JK Racing India Series champion, finishing second and third in the final round of the 16th JK Racing National Championships at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) on Sunday.
- Indian shuttler PV Sindhu won the women’s singles title at the $1,20,000 Macau Open Grand Prix Gold tournament defeating Canada’s seventh seed Li Michelle in the final yesterday.
- Kapurthala lad Gaganjeet Bhullar on Sunday became the first Indian to win the Indonesia Open. Bhullar led after every round,only sharing the lead in the third round with Thailands Jazz Janewattananond.
- Paul Walker, the star of the stunningly successful The Fast and the Furious film franchise, was killed in a car accident on Saturday.
Current Affairs of 03 December 2013:
- The Indian Premier League has come up with a proposal to allow all teams to retain a maximum of five players for three years from 2014. The rest of the players will go into the auction pool.
- Indian-American teenager Saumil Bandopadhyay has been selected for the prestigious Ingenuity Award for revolutionising nanotechnology that would upend industries ranging from automobiles to astronomy.
- Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wadiyar has been elected President of the Karnataka State Cricket Association after a thumping win in the body`s elections held during its Annual General Meeting here.
- Atul Sobti has been appointed as the Director on the Board of Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL). He has assumed the charge as a Director (Power) and prior to this he was an Executive Director (Power) BHEL, New Delhi.
Current Affairs of 04 December 2013:
- The Department of Telecom (DoT) has slapped a penalty of Rs 600 crore on Idea Cellular for alleged violation of licence conditions in its merger deal with Spice Communications.
- India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won this year’s ICC People’s Choice Award, thus becoming only the second Indian cricketer to win the coveted prize after just-retired Sachin Tendulkar.
- Russian dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko was sentenced to six years in prison on Tuesday for his role in an acid attack that nearly blinded the artistic director of the Bolshoi ballet.
Current Affairs of 05 December 2013:
- Manil Suri has won the annual Bad Sex in Fiction award for a scene in his novel “The City of Devi” describing a sexual encounter in terms of exploding supernovas and streaking superheroes, Britain’s Literary Review said on Tuesday.
- Former Rashtriya Janata Dal MP Vijay Krishna has been awarded life imprisonment by a Patna court for the murder of Janata Dal United leader Satyendra Singh in 2009.
- Iran on Wednesday asked India to quickly reopen banking channels if it wanted to shore up bilateral trade, especially purchase of Iranian oil.
- Two skydivers were killed in a freak accident after they crashed into each other in mid-air while attempting a world record-breaking mass jump.
Current Affairs of 06 December 2013:
- Scientists have extracted and decoded the oldest human DNA from a fossilized leg bone of an early human who died about 400,000 years ago in what is now Spain.
- India has won the right to host the 2017 Under-17 FIFA World Cup. This will be the biggest football tournament ever on Indian soil.
- Sushma Singh will be the next Chief Information Commissioner (CIC) of India and will succeed Deepak Sandhu, who is due to finish her term at the end of December this year.
- Senior IPS officer and current NSG chief Arvind Ranjan is tipped to be the new Director General of Central Industrial Security Force which guards the country’s civil airports and other key installations.
- At least 105 people have been killed during fighting in Central African Republic’s capital on Thursday, according to a Reuters witness and an aid worker.
Current Affairs of 07 December 2013:
- Astronomers have discovered the most distantly orbiting planet to date, weighing in at 11 times Jupiters mass and revolving its host star at 650 times the average Earth-Sun distance.
- Pakistani teenage activist Malala Yousafzai, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt last year, has been awarded the 2013 UN Human Rights Prize, an honour previously given to icons like late Nelson Mandela in recognition of outstanding achievement in human rights.
- Jean Todt was unanimously re-elected for a second term as president of motorsport’s ruling body the FIA on Friday.
- Over 40 Russian diplomats, including some employed at Moscow’s mission to the UN and the Consulate here, have been charged with participating in a nine year-long fraud to illegally obtain nearly $1.5 million in healthcare benefits.
Current Affairs of 08 December 2013:
- New Zealand were stranded an agonising 33 runs short of their first Test victory in more than a year on Saturday when rain washed out the final session of the first Test against the West Indies in Dunedin.
- Legendary music maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar has received a posthumous nomination at 56th Grammy Awards with his album The Living Room Sessions Part 2 in the World Music section.
- Goa Police has got the custody of Tehelka Founder Editor Tarun Tejpal for four more days in connection with the sexual assault case.
- The UN General Assembly elected Jordan to the Security Council on Friday to replace Saudi Arabia, which had rejected the seat in an unprecedented act to protest the council’s failure to end the Syrian and Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.
Current Affairs of 09 December 2013:
- A 1,400-year-old Buddhist temple, built during the Northern Qi Dynasty, has been discovered in north China’s Shanxi Province, which archeologists say may help shed light on the early Buddha carvings.
- The Bombay high court has issued notices to actor Shahrukh Khan and his wife Gauri on a petition filed by a social activist, challenging a magistrate’s order refusing her application for documents pertaining to the couple’s child born through surrogacy.
- The All India Anna Dravida Munetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) candidate P. Saroja on Sunday won the Yercaud by-election, securing 1,42, 771 votes. Her immediate rival V. Maran of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam secured 64,655 votes.
- China on Sunday announced a ban on the serving of shark fin and bird’s nest soup at official banquets, as part of a sweeping government crackdown on corruption and excessive spending.
Current Affairs of 10 December 2013:
- Scientists have developed a new contact lens which releases drugs into the eye and could help treat glaucoma, the world’s leading cause of irreversible blindness.
- STAR India have won the Indian cricket team’s title sponsorship right outbidding Sahara India. The Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the sponsors after opening bids in Chennai on Monday.
- Azim H Premji, the winner of The Economic Times Lifetime Achievement Award 2013, only through the prism of Wipro would be an injustice to his immense contribution in other fields.
Current Affairs of 11 December 2013:
- India crashed out of the Junior Men’s Hockey World Cup after being held 3-3 by Korea in a must-win Pool C match at the floodlit Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium here on Tuesday.
- Srikantadatta Narasimharaja Wodeyar from the former royal family of Mysore and who was recently elected president of the Karnataka cricket association died of a heart attack in Bangalore today.
- Actress Eleanor Parker, who was best known for playing the baroness in The Sound of Music, has died aged 91 in California.
- A deserted and remote ice plateau in East Antarctica is said to be the coldest place on Earth after the lowest temperature ever recorded on the planet was recently measured there, according to researchers who said that the discovery will help uncover new puzzles about the icy continent.
Current Affairs of 12 December 2013:
- Indian athletes have been cleared to compete in the Winter Games in Sochi after the country complied with the IOC’s ethics rules and avoided becoming the first country expelled from the Olympics in more than 40 years.
- The Kolkata-based Eastern Army Command chief Lt Gen Dalbir Singh Suhag, who is tipped to succeed General Bikram Singh as the army chief next August, is all set to be posted as the vice-chief of the army this month.
- Retired Gujarat High Court Judge D.P. Buch was on Wednesday sworn-in as the state’s fourth Lokayukta by Governor Kamla Beniwal on the post that had been lying vacant for a decade.
- TIME magazine named Pope Francis its Person of the Year for 2013 on Wednesday, crediting him with capturing the “imaginations of millions” who had become disillusioned with the Vatican.
- Uruguay is first nation to legalize pot Uruguay has approved pioneering legislation legalizing marijuana, becoming the first nation in the world to oversee the production and sale of the drug.
Current Affairs of 13 December 2013:
- Researchers have developed a new technology that allows you to move files from your computer screen onto your smart phone or tablet with just a glance.
- Former Melbourne Victory captain Kevin Muscat has been named the dirtiest player in football. A popular Spanish football website El Gol Digital compiled a countdown of the most violent players in the history of the game.
- India’s national capital has been honoured with two prestigious tourism awards, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported. Delhi Tourism was awarded the Tourism for Tomorrow Award, India by World Travel & Tourism Council India Initiative (WTTCII) last week.
- Kulamani Biswal on Monday took over as Director (Finance) on the NTPC Board. A Commerce Graduate from Utkal University and fellow member of the Institute of Cost Accountants of India.
- Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami leader and war criminal Abdul Quader Mollah, dubbed the Butcher of Mirpur, was hanged on Thursday in the first execution of a war criminal in Bangladesh.
Current Affairs of 14 December 2013:
- The Central Board of Secondary Education is going to hold the first ever National Financial Literacy Test across the country. Meant for students from classes VIII to X, the National Financial Literacy Test is India’s first national-level test to measure the level of financial literacy and basic knowledge on economics among school students.
- Iranian wrestler Amir Ali Akbari has been banned for life and stripped of his world Greco-Roman heavyweight title for doping. Wrestling’s governing body, FILA, says Ali Akbari tested positive for anabolic steroids at the world championships in September at Budapest, Hungary.
- India summoned the US envoy in New Delhi and conveyed its strong protest over the arrest and handcuffing of an Indian diplomat accused of visa fraud.
- Vasundhara Raje Friday took oath as the chief minister of Rajasthan, five days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept to power crushing the Congress.
- Lalu Prasad Yadav, former union minister, has been granted bail in the fodder scam case by the Supreme Court and will soon walk out of jail in Jharkhand.
- Belgium took a big step on Thursday and became the first country to allow euthanasia for incurably ill children, after the upper house of parliament voted by a large majority to extend to minors a 2002 law legalizing it for adults.
Current Affairs of 15 December 2013:
- Olympic silver medalist Vijay Kumar of Army shot gold in men’s 25m rapid fire pistol event at the 57th National Shooting Championship here on Saturday.
- India won the women’s Kabaddi World Cup championship for the third time in a row, defeating New Zealand 49-21 in the summit clash in Jalandhar, Punjab.
- A Congress government led by Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla assumed office on Saturday in Mizoram for a second consecutive term, after the party swept 34 of the state’s 40 Assembly seats two more than in 2008.
- According to state-run media outlet Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Iran successfully launched its second monkey to space and back, the country’s latest step toward sending humans into orbit.
Current Affairs of 16 December 2013:
- Scientists have developed a new device which enables your smartphone’s camera to read your cholesterol level instantly by simply clicking a selfie. The gadget eliminates the need for clumsy home cholesterol-testing devices.
- World number one Lee Chong Wei Sunday became the first player to win four titles in the season-ending BWF World Superseries Finals when he crushed Indonesia’s Tommy Sugiarto.
- Union labour and employment minister Sis Ram Ola died at a Gurgaon hospital on Sunday after a prolonged illness. He will be cremated on Monday in his native village in Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan with full state honours.
- Congress’ Delhi unit chief JP Aggarwal has resigned from his post following the party’s rout in the assembly elections, party sources said Sunday. The move comes after the newly-elected Congress legislators accused Aggarwal of non-cooperation in the elections.
- The European Union suspended historic partnership talks with Ukraine on Sunday as 200,000 protesters massed in the heart of Kiev demanding that the government recommit itself to the West.
Current Affairs of 17 December 2013:
- Teen sensation Mahesh Mangaonkar became the first Indian squash player to win the IMET Open, the PSA World Tour Challenger 5 event, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
- Bangalore golfer Anirban Lahiri on Monday became the highest-ranked Indian golfer in the world, at 111, following his tied fourth finish at the just-concluded $1 million Thailand Golf Championships.
- Joan Fontaine, the actress who achieved stardom in the early 1940s with memorable performances in the Alfred Hitchcock films, has died. She was 96.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Ursula von der Leyen as her new defence minister on Sunday, a surprising choice that could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front runner to one day succeed the chancellor.
Current Affairs of 18 December 2013:
- Australian-born Croatia defender Josip Simunic will miss the World Cup after being banned for 10 matches by FIFA for his pro-Nazi chants that marred his country’s play-off victory over Iceland last month.
- Five songs from Kerala-based filmmaker Rupesh Paul’s multilingual film Kamasutra 3D are among the 75 numbers in contention for nominations in the Original Song category for the 86th Oscars.
- The Uttar Pradesh government today declared December 23 a public holiday to mark the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Chowdhury Charan Singh.
- American country singer and songwriter Ray Price died Monday of pancreatic cancer. He was 87. Price, whose best-known hits include “Release Me,” “Crazy Arms,” and “For The Good Times,” was one of the most musically versatile country stars in the business.
- Angela Merkel was overwhelmingly elected as German chancellor for a rare third term after she struck a hard-fought deal with her centre-left rivals to end months of political limbo in Europe’s largest economy.
Current Affairs of 19 December 2013:
- Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung late on Wednesday released nursery admission norms for 2014-15 that abolish the 20% management quota and virtually ensure that schools would only admit children living within a radius of 6km.
- Scientists have printed new eye cells for the first time paving the way to cure some types of blindness in humans. Their research, which used animal cells to test the concept, is the first step towards producing tissue implants.
- India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired from all forms of the game, is the most searched sportsperson and also features among the top-10 most searched Indian personalities of 2013.
- British criminal Ronnie Biggs, who took part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, has died aged 84, his spokeswoman has confirmed.
- Army Chief General Bikram Singh has been appointed as the new Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee to succeed IAF Chief NAK Browne, who is superannuating on December 31.
Current Affairs of 20 December 2013:
- Scientists have created a molecular communications system for the transmission of messages and data in challenging environments such as tunnels, pipelines, underwater and within the body.
- Indian Oils Bongaigaon Refinery has been conferred the National Energy Conservation Award 2013 first prize.
- Public Sector SJVN Limited has been awarded the prestigious “PSE Excellence Award – 2013” in the category of CSR and Sustainability.
- BHEL has been conferred the PSE Excellence Award 2013 for R&D, Technology Development & Innovation in the Maharatna & Navratna CPSEs Category by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
- Indian boxing champ Mary Kom will become the global brand ambassador for British multinational telecom company Vodafone.
- Congress President Sonia Gandhi today appointed Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was a Minister in the Sheila Dikshit government, as the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC).
Current Affairs of 21 December 2013:
- The Karnataka High Court on Friday ruled as void a part of the sale of share of United Spirits Ltd (USL), by United Breweries Holdings Ltd, to Diageo.
- Mampi Das of West Bengal today won gold to become the national champion in the women’s 10m air rifle, at the ongoing 57th National Shooting Championship 2013 being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi.
- Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was on Friday named the 2013 AIFF Player of the Year. The announcement was made by All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel at the annual general meeting held at the Football House in the Capital.
- Former world amateur billiards champion Michael Ferreira has resigned as president of the Billiards and Snooker Association of Maharashtra, the association said in a media release on Friday.
- The New Mexico Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage licence to gay and lesbian couples.
Current Affairs of 22 December 2013:
- Samresh Jung won gold in 25-metre standard Pistol event, while Olympic champion Vijay Kumar claimed bronze at the 57th National Shooting championship, which is being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi.
- Malaysian football authorities have imposed a lifetime ban on five players and three officials for match-fixing in the domestic league, a senior football official said on Saturday.
- Actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail on Saturday, two weeks after he was granted parole for 30 days to take care of his ailing wife Manyata.
- Birendra Prasad Baisya was on Saturday re-elected unopposed as president of Indian Weightlifting Federation for his second term during its Annual General Body meeting here.
- Indian-born Houston attorney Nandita Venkateswaran Berry has been appointed Texas’ new secretary of state, succeeding John Steen Jr., who will be stepping down from his post in January after a year on job.
Current Affairs of 23 December 2013:
- Bayern Munich capped the greatest year in club history by beating Raja Casablanca 2-0 to win its third Club World Cup on Saturday. The European champions added a record fifth title to their trophy cabinet at the tournament of continental champions to go with the Champions League.
- M. Dharma of Bengaluru fired a two-under-69 in the final round to clinch the 12th Tata Open golf tournament in Jamshedpur on Sunday.
- Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone and comedian Kapil Sharma have received Indian of the Year 2013 awards for their contribution to the entertainment industry.
- England spinner Graeme Swann has announced his retirement from international cricket, only four days out from the Boxing Day Test against Australia at the MCG.
Current Affairs of 24 December 2013:
- Scientists have identified a new method to stop malaria parasites from multiplying, paving way for new treatments for the deadly mosquito-borne disease.
- Young shuttlers PV Sindhu and Kidambi Srikanth notched up contrasting victories in the summit clashes to clinch the women`s and men`s titles respectively at the 78th Senior National Badminton Championships here on Monday.
- Singer Robin Thicke has been named Sexist of the Year by a coalition of women’s groups. The 36-year-old topped the poll carried out by the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which contains over 60 women’s rights groups.
- Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) recently won the PSE Excellence Award-2013 for Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability in Maharatna and Navratna category.
- India on Monday successfully test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni-III ballistic missile with a strike range of more than 3,000 km as part of a user trial by the Army from Wheeler Island off Odisha coast.
- The President on Monday appointed former Union home secretary V K Duggal as the governor of Manipur. He will replace Ashwani Kumar, who was a former CBI director.
Current Affairs of 25 December 2013:
- Researchers have developed a handheld food scanner that connects to your smartphone to inform you about allergens, chemicals, nutrients and calories present in any food item.
- The Indian Premier League auction will be held on February 12, a release from the BCCI said on Tuesday. And as reported by TOI on Tuesday, franchisees will be allowed to retain a maximum of five cricketers.
- The Iranian parliament is considering a proposal to pick another city as the nation’s capital and move the seat of the government from the overcrowded and heavily polluted Tehran.
- A powerful blast ripped through a police headquarters in an Egyptian Nile Delta city Tuesday while top security officials met to work out arrangements for an upcoming constitutional referendum, killing 15 people and wounding more than 100 in the deadliest bombing yet in a campaign of violence blamed on Islamic militants.
Current Affairs of 26 December 2013:
- Deepika Kumari marched into history by winning her sixth consecutive title at the 34th National Archery Championships at JRD Tata Stadium here on Wednesday.
- Delhi Chief Minister-designate Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday promised to provide 700 litres of free water to each household within 24 hours of taking oath along with his cabinet ministers on 28 December 2013.
- Controversial Pakistani actress Veena Malik on Wednesday tied the knot with a businessman in Dubai. The 29-year-old actress, best known in India for her stint on the fourth season of reality show ‘Bigg Boss’, and businessman Asad Bashir Khan Khattak were married in a court in Dubai.
- A British man has become the world’s longest surviving heart transplant patient after undergoing the life-saving operation 31 years ago. John McCafferty, 71, has surpassed the previous Guinness World Record of 30 years, 11 months and 10 days set by Tony Huesman.
Current Affairs of 27 December 2013:
- The Indian cricket board will reward off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with the Polly Umrigar Award for being India’s best international cricketer of 2012-13.
- The price of CNG or compressed natural gas in the national capital was on Thursday hiked by a steep Rs 4.50 per kg, the second increase in rates in three months.
- The income tax department will now accept Aadhaar card as a proof of identity and address for issuance of Permanent Account Number (PAN). The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued a notification expanding the list of documents admissible as proof of identity and address by including Aadhaar card.
- Biju George has been appointed as the Fielding coach of the India Under-19 team by the BCCI for the Asia Cup to be held in Dubai from December 28.
Current Affairs of 28 December 2013:
- Credit rating agency Crisil has confirmed what many had suspected for long: that newbie Gurgaon has emerged as the most prosperous city in the country, leaving the country’s financial capital Mumbai way behind.
- Days after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) made a dazzling debut in the Assembly elections, Arvind Kejriwal is set to be sworn-in as the Chief Minister of Delhi on Saturday.
- The civil aviation ministry has recommended Prabhat Kumar, a joint secretary in the ministry, as the next Director General of Civil Aviation.
- Former Lebanese minister Mohamad Chatah, who opposed Syrian President Bashar al-Asad, was killed in a massive bomb blast on Friday which one of his political allies blamed on the Shi’ite Hezbollah militia.
- South Sudan’s government agreed on Friday at a meeting of East African leaders to end hostilities against rebels accused of trying to overthrow the young country, but the cease-fire was quickly thrown into doubt because the head of the rebellion was not invited.
Current Affairs of 29 December 2013:
- Duchess of Cambridge has bagged the title for ‘best beauty icon’ for the third year running. Duchess Kate has been consistently hitting the headlines with her stylish appearance.
- Country singer Taylor Swift has been named the most charitable celebrity of the year.
- Veteran actor Farooq Sheikh, best known for his memorable performances in films like ‘Garm Hava’, ‘Shatranj Ke Khiladi’, ‘Chashme Buddoor’, ‘Umrao Jaan’ and ‘Bazaar’, died after suffering a heart attack in Dubai.
- Chinese lawmakers on Saturday approved the move to ease controversial one-child policy and abolish notorious labour camps, which allow detention of petty offenders without a trial. The revised policy would allow couples, where either parent has no siblings, to have two children.
Current Affairs of 30 December 2013:
- Archaeologists have discovered traces of ancient vineyards, that date back 1,000 years, in the terraced fields of a medieval village in Spain.
- Seven-time Formula One champion Michael Schumacher is in critical condition after he suffered a head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps Sunday.
- The country’s biggest lender State Bank of India has appointed P Pradeep Kumar as its managing director for corporate banking. Kumar will be one of the banks four managing directors.
- China has banned a popular computer game, Battlefield 4, because it depicts a fictional coup in the country. The move has caused a lot of surprise because it comes after Chinese authorities indicated that the censorship on computer games will be relaxed.
Current Affairs of 31 December 2013:
- Krishnan Sasikiran has won the 51st Indian National Premier Chess Championship 2013 that concluded at the Jain Hills in Jalgoan, 400 km from Mumbai, on Monday.
- Former Formula 1 world champion Michael Schumacher has undergone a second brain operation overnight after suffering a severe head injury during a skiing accident in the French Alps.
- The appointment of Shubhranshu Singh, former Marketing Director, India & South Asia at Visa, as Senior VP and Head of Marketing of Star Sports India is another step that the broadcaster is taking to strengthen its position in the sports arena in India.
- Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh today took over as the new chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee (CoSC) to succeed IAF chief Air Chief Marshal NAK Browne, who is superannuating on Tuesday.
- Police in China’s restive Xinjiang region have shot dead eight people during a violent clash on Monday. The clash broke out when men armed with knives and explosives attacked a police station in Yarkand county.